Jon Putnam holds BA, MA and PhD degrees in economics from Yale University, where he specialized in international, macro and R&D economics. He received fellowships at Yale and Columbia Law Schools. Dr. Putnam’s PhD thesis, The Value of International Patent Rights, was the first to measure the global value of patent rights.
In 2012, Dr. Putnam founded Competition Dynamics, a platform for research and testimony at the intersection of intellectual property, antitrust and international trade.
Dr. Putnam has been retained in more than 150 consulting engagements and has testified more than 50 times in patent, antitrust, copyright, trade secret, contract and tax actions, arbitrations and regulatory proceedings. Cases with more than $1 billion in controversy include: Medtronic v. IRS; Apple v. Qualcomm; Idenix v. Gilead Sciences; Ericsson v. Huawei; Ericsson v. Apple; InterDigital v. Samsung.
Before founding Competition Dynamics, Dr. Putnam held a chair in the Law and Economics of Intellectual Property at the Centre for Innovation Law and Policy, University of Toronto. Dr. Putnam has also held academic appointments at the Boston University Graduate School of Management, Columbia University Schools of Law and Business, Vassar College, and Yale College.
Among other publications, Dr. Putnam is the author of “Innovative Output in China” (2021) (with H. Luu and N. Ngo); “The misuse of effective rates in FRAND determinations” (2019) (with H. Luu); “Royalty stacking in FRAND litigation” (2019) (with Y. Meng); “Economic Determinations in ‘FRAND Rate’-Setting: A Guide for the Perplexed” (2018); “The Smallest Salable Patent Practicing Unit (SSPPU): Theory and Evidence” (2016) (with T. Williams); and “Value Shares of Technologically Complex Products” (2014).